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post #1 of 14 Old 01-02-2011, 08:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi there, long time lurker on this forum so I thought it was about time I contributed and showed what I have learned from this place.

For years I have messed around with various Heath-Robinsonestheqe set ups mainly trying different methods of watching content from a PC on a TV. My efforts were along the lines of trailing 10 meters of s-video, audio cable and CAT-5 cable from various rooms around the house,...much to the annoyance of Mrs peterjung......anyway....in August of 2010 we moved to a new apartment and I finally had my chance to start from scratch and build a proper system. The apartment move finally allowed me to persuade my wife to agree to buying a nice new modern TV.....little did she know that "TV" actually meant a little more...anyway, since then I have been gradually refining things and adding things here and there and now I am really happy with my current setup. When I embarked on this project, although I am up to speed on computers and all things internet I really knew pretty much zero about home AV so the AVS forums have been invaluable in helping me build this system..so thanks to all who unknowingly helped me out with their knowledge. Anyway, with the New Year I thought I would finally post my progress on here...here goes...

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Samsung UN55C8000XF 3D LED TV
Dasan H955K QooK IPTV Set-Top Box
Samsung HT-C6950W 3D Bluray Player & 7.1 Home Theatre A/V Receiver
HTPC - Self built based on Origen AE S10V Case & Intel D545ID Motherboard c/w integrated HDMI with 7.1 audio, 2 x Samsung 500Gb SATA HDD, Panasonic UJ-875A ODD.
Sony PS3 Slim 120Gb
Nintendo Wii - Black PAL
Com World CMD1500 PAL-NTSC Converter
Sony HDR-SR10 HD Camcorder
Samsung SWA-5000 Wireless Receiver Module
Gefen HDMI EDID Detective Plus EXT-HDMI-EDIDP
HDX-501E HDMI Switch
ZIO ESB553SW Ethernet Switch
MIC AT201-803D IP Telephone Base Station
MIC APT AT201-803B IP Telephone Charge Station

Here is what it looks like:


and here is how it all goes together:


...here is the ethernet side of things....


..couple more pictures...





This one actually shows my old Humax TS110 IPTV Set-top box...however KT very kindly delivered the new Dasan H955K QooK IPTV Set-Top Box just the other day....didn't get around to taking a picture of the new box yet....



I am not a real audiophile so I don't go for specialist high price speaker setups...the Samsung 7.1 sounds just great to me. All of all of the above the Wii by far gets the most use as I have two young boys..after that then the HTPC is the best thing ever...it gets used for everything....music, movies, online TV, BBC iPlayer etc., Spotify, games, study for the kids..the HTPC is something I am really quite proud of as it is the first PC I ever built myself and it works so sweet and runs very quiet and cool....

so..this is where I am.... so far.....
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Thats a sweet room, very modern and clean. really like the TV stand. what are the specs of the htpc. I own a toshiba intel i5 hdmi laptop that i use for ht but it gets hot and it feels like its very easy to break nothing beats a dedicated htpc, im going to build one when i can afford it.Thats a sweet case too it reminds me of a classe amp. Thanks for sharing
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my bad i just noticed you posted the specs
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my bad i just noticed you posted the specs

No problem...here's some more detail specifically on the HTPC that I hope may help. Specifically I wanted something super quiet and cool...really pleased with how the HTPC build worked out...

I made an error with the HDD spec...it has 2 x 1TB discs ..not 2 x 500 as stated previously....

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Case/Chassis: Origen AE S10V
CPU: Intel E8500 + Cynex MTran14 Cooler Package
MB: Intel DG45ID
ODD: Panasonic UJ-875A
HDD: Samsung F3 HD103SJ-DOM 1TB (x 2)
Memory: EKMemory DDR2 SDRAM 2GB(800Mhz/PC2 6400) (x2)
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitec wireless
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i just noticed the wall behind the tv, is that marble its beautiful.
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i just noticed the wall behind the tv, is that marble its beautiful.

he he thanks...but I can't claim any credit for the decor.... came with the apartment...

well...it also originally had a marble floor too but we put in the wooden flooring which is more to our taste....even though we have fantastic underfloor heating the marble floor was a bit hard and uncomfortable....
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he he thanks...but I can't claim any credit for the decor.... came with the apartment...

well...it also originally had a marble floor too but we put in the wooden flooring which is more to our taste....even though we have fantastic underfloor heating the marble floor was a bit hard and uncomfortable....

That floor was the perfect choice to go with the wall although i cant believe you replaced expensive marble floors
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That floor was the perfect choice to go with the wall although i cant believe you replaced expensive marble floors

he he he..not replaced...it is still there under the wood

anyway...here is a shot of the new IPTV box :



I am very lucky in that I have a great internet connection as FTTP 100Mb/s full duplex (100 megs up and down) so the IPTV works flawlessly even when watching 1080i HD while having a couple of computers in the house running ********** furiously and Mrs peterjung browsing her internet shopping and chatting on the IP phone at the same time....

I found a couple of pics of the HTPC you may be interested in...

I think this is the final build before I put the top on for the last time...not a lot of free space in there. I specifically went for this motherboard because of the integrated video and 7.1 audio on HDMI which gives the HD audio and vide but without the space needed for a seperate high end video card and audio card:



and here is what you can find inside the touch-open hinged panel next to the front display....you should check out the OrigenAE website..they make some very nice boxes...

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What a great setup and an awesome room to put it in! I really how clean it all looks, the wall behind it is very nice as is the wood, the systems seems to match the room very well. I like the sound system too, the fact that it's a home theater in a box type system that actually has high definition audio formats and is solidly put together. Very impressed, keep it up.
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thanks for the positive comments....much apreciated!

one thing that I am not happy with is the exposed sockets and wire on the back wall....I could always tidy up the wires a bit and tie them up but I am trying to think of a way to hide the actual sockets that wont be a distraction in itself...any ideas welcomed?
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thanks for the positive comments....much apreciated!

one thing that I am not happy with is the exposed sockets and wire on the back wall....I could always tidy up the wires a bit and tie them up but I am trying to think of a way to hide the actual sockets that wont be a distraction in itself...any ideas welcomed?

Some kind of "box disguised as a shelf" that runs behind the TV? Preferrably in a finish that matches the cabinets below? If it's open on the bottom, you can still access the outlets. Bring all the cables over to the middle, behind the TV before dropping them down to the cabinets. The top of the box could be used to display artwork?
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So what exactly is the Samsung SWA-5000 and how does it work? Do you need Samsung-specific receivers/speakers? Is there another similar product that allows for wireless speakers, or turns your existing speakers into wireless ones?
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What brand are those cabinets ?
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Very sleek looking. I like it!
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